FORMERLY Chicago & Alton Railroad/Gulf Mobile & Ohio Railroad
OPENED 1857 by Joliet & Chicago Railroad
DOUBLE TRACK constructed 1874-1875
ABS installed 1900
CTC installed around 2000
PASSENGER SERVICE: Metra Heritage Corridor/Amtrak St. Louis Route
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Radio Frequency - 160.920 (AAR Channel 54)
Dispatcher - 161.190 (AAR Channel 72)
Radio Frequency - 160.305 (AAR Channel 13) (Chicago Union Station)
Direction is southward from Chicago to Joliet
1.8 21st Street (crossing-Amtrak/remote-Amtrak Train Director)
2.6 21st Street (crossing-Amtrak/remote-Amtrak Train Director)
2.7 Cermak (junction-Amtrak)
4.4 Bridgeport (junction-CN)
3.5 Bridgeport (junction-CN)
5.1 CP Brighton (crossing-CSX/NS-remote-NS-Ashland Avenue Yard)
5.5 Park Yard
6.6 Corwith (crossing-remote-BNSF dispatcher)
7.9 Lemoyne (crossing-remote-BRC dispatcher)
9.5 #45 Crossover
10.3 Glenn Yard
11.3 #47 Crossover
13.1 CP Canal (crossing-remote-IHB dispatcher)
17.5 WILLOW SPRINGS
36.6 Ohio St.
36.7 Jackson St.
37.3 UD Tower (tower-Metra)
38.9 South Joliet
Between 21st Street and Bridgeport, Joliet Subdivision abandoned, with trains operating over CN Freeport Subdivision.
2 tracks from 21st Street to Joliet, CTC in use, controlled by Dispatcher Desk #1 in Homewood.
South of Jackson St., trackage operated by Union Pacific Railroad.
Significant changes are under way in Joliet, as the station is reconfigured. In May 2015, UD Tower was closed, with control transferred to the Metra dispatcher.
(Click for diagram of Chicago Union Station.)
Classic Track Diagrams
Track diagram as the line existed around 1975. CTC was installed between Chicago and Joliet around 2000.